What is stomach neuropathy all about?
Stomach neuropathy (also called gastroparesis or delayed gastric emptying) can be seen in patients with diabetes. The symptoms include nausea or vomiting, bloating, feeling full soon after eating, and abdominal pain. These symptoms are related to the stomach not emptying normally and food remaining in the stomach for a longer period. Tests that are used to detect this condition include gastric emptying scan, upper endoscopy and upper G.I. series. Treatment includes eating smaller meals, as well as cutting back on foods with high fat or fiber content. It is especially important to keep blood glucose under control if one has stomach neuropathy as high glucose levels themselves can slow stomach emptying. There are also medications that can help make the stomach empty faster. If you have any symptoms suggestive of gastroparesis, you should discuss it further with your healthcare provider.
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